Veterans Report - Week of June 30, 2014

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Veterans Report - Week of June 30, 2014

#1 Postby boardman » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:15 am

Veterans Report - Week of June 30, 2014

Sailors Encouraged to Join Reserve
The Career Navigator offers a streamlined process for Sailors who are interested in pursuing Reserve Component (RC) opportunities. Your Career Counselor can assist you with an application to transition to the RC via Career Navigator. If you receive a Selected Reserve (SELRES) quota, you must select a drill site from the Career Management System/Interactive Detailing. For Sailors interested in Full-Time Support (FTS) opportunities, contact the active duty enlisted community manager (ECM) responsible for the rating for which you have interest. For more information, talk to your Command Career Counselor or visit the Selected Reserve Community Page at: (http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/e ... ault2.aspx) www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/enlisted ... ault2.aspx.
For more on enlistment bonuses and joining the military, visit (http://www.military.com/join-armed-forces) Military.com's Joining the Military section.


8 Boring Budgeting Rules to Live By
Generally, good financial planning is boring. If you find it exciting, stressful, regretful, depressing, combative or any other state of high emotion, you're probably doing something wrong. Here are eight boring financial rules to live by to live a happier financial life. Visit Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) to get the rules: (http://www.moaa.org/MR8Rules/) www.moaa.org/MR8Rules/.


CNH Committed to Hiring Veterans
Start your civilian career with CNH. As a world leader in agriculture and construction equipment they can provide endless opportunity and a career path that lets you choose where you want to be. Read (http://www.military.com/jobs-in/employe ... =vr0630.nl) More.


VA Responds to Audit Findings
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced the following actions in response to the nationwide Access Audit findings and data: (1) establish a new patient satisfaction measurement program -- this enables VA to collect an additional set of data -- directly from the veteran's perspective -- to understand how VA is doing throughout the system; (2) hold senior leaders accountable; (3) order an immediate VHA Central Office and VISN Office hiring freeze; (4) post new access data twice monthly; (5) initiate and independent, external audit of scheduling practices; (6) utilize high-performing facilities to help other facilities that need improvement; and (7) suspend performance awards. The VA national audit and patient access data is available at (http://www.va.gov/health/access-audit.asp) www.va.gov/health/access-audit.asp.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com) Military Advantage blog.


Get $1 Mil Coverage from $41 a Month
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Ohio Law Helps Vets Get College Credit
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill aimed at improving military veterans' and service members' access to higher education and jobs. The new law provides more uniform standards for awarding credit for military experience by Ohio's public colleges and state boards issuing occupational licenses and certification. Supporters say the changes should help veterans and service members more easily enter the civilian workforce. For more information, read the (http://dvs.ohio.gov/Portals/0/library/o ... se0614.pdf) press release on the Ohio Department of Veterans Services website.
For more on military education benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/education) Military.com Education section.


The VA Crisis Timeline
The American Legion has posted on its website a chronology of the current VA Crisis from the American Legion Magazine. View the chronology on the (http://www.legion.org/magazine/222856/c ... -va-crisis) American Legion website.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com) Military Advantage blog.


New Veterans Court in Georgia
A new Georgia law allows courts with jurisdiction over criminal cases to create veterans divisions, which could allow for unique handling of criminal cases involving veterans. Each veterans court will develop written criteria that will define successful completion of the veterans court program, and if the program is completed prior to judgment, the case against the veterans may be dismissed by prosecutors. Those who complete the program after sentencing may have their sentence reduced or modified. Some defendants accused of more serious crimes may not be able to use the new veterans courts. Text of the new law (Georgia Senate Bill 320) is available on the (http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en- ... 014/SB/320) Georgia General Assembly website.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com) Military Advantage blog.


9/11 Museum Displays Military Artifacts
An artifact associated with the U.S. Army Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's involvement with the Sept. 11, 2001, Pentagon attack is currently a temporary part of the National 9/11 Memorial Museum collection in New York City. A Fort Myer Fire Department bunker coat has been included in the display at the Pentagon section of the Manhattan museum. The dark colored firefighting jacket, which belonged to FMFD member Alan Wallace, who was on-duty at the Pentagon fire station Sept. 11, 2001, contains three singe marks on the lower back of the jacket along with the firefighter's name and the identifying fire department, "Fort Myer." The museum is actively collecting stories and objects related to the attacks, response, and recovery efforts at the Pentagon. For more information on the museum, visit the National 9/11 Memorial Museum website at (http://www.911memorial.org/) www.911memorial.org.


College Credit for Service Law in Indiana
A new law to take effect in Indiana July 1 will give former service members college credits for education and training they received in the service. Under the new Second Service for Veterans program, the credits would count towards degree in education and help veterans become Indiana teachers. The new law requires state-funded Indiana colleges to: (1) provide academic and career counseling specifically designed for veterans in the school of education; (2) offer in-state tuition to out-of-state veteran students who apply and are accepted into the program; and (3) develop an initiative to attract and recruit veterans to the school of education. It is estimated that some veterans will have as many as 25-30 credits coming into school after their service. For more information, contact your county veterans service officer (CVO) in Indiana. Find your local CVO at (http://www.in.gov/dva/2370.htm) www.in.gov/dva/2370.htm.
For more on military education benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/education) Military.com Education section.


VA Celebrates GI Bill Anniversary
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently celebrated 70 years of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the "GI Bill," which was enacted on June 22, 1944. The law provided a wide range of benefits for veterans returning from World War II, including low-cost home loans, education and vocational training. Roughly 8 million out of 16 million World War II veterans used their GI Bill education benefit. Today, a new group of veterans is accessing the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other education benefits. Through the online eBenefits portal at (http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/) www.ebenefits.va.gov, veterans, transitioning service members and spouses are also connected to high quality career choices by matching their identified skills with available public and private job opportunities. For more information, visit Military.com's GI Bill webpage at (http://www.military.com/education/gi-bill) http://www.military.com/education/gi-bill. For more on military education benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/education) Military.com Education section.


VA Initiates Monthly Site Inspections
Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson has directed all Department of Veterans Affairs' Medical Center and Health Care System Directors to conduct monthly in-person reviews of scheduling practices in every clinic within their jurisdiction. Site inspections will include observing daily scheduling processes and interacting with scheduling staff to ensure all policies are being followed. Veterans Integrated Service Network Directors will also conduct similar visits to at least one medical center within their area of responsibility every 30 days. This action follows the VA's release of results from its nationwide Access Audit, along with facility-level patient access data. Information on the VA Access Audit is available on the VA website at (http://www.va.gov/health/access-audit.asp) www.va.gov/health/access-audit.asp.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com) Military Advantage blog.


Latest Data on Access to VA Health Care
The Department of Veterans Affairs has released its latest nationwide data on access to veterans health care. The series of bi-monthly data updates show the progress on VA's efforts to accelerate access to VA health care for veterans who have been waiting for appointments. VA has now contacted approximately 70,000 veterans across the country to get them off of wait lists and into clinics for medical appointments. This latest data demonstrates that the number of appointments has increased by almost 200,000 from May 15 to June 1. National audit and patient access data is available at (http://www.va.gov/health/access-audit.asp) www.va.gov/health/access-audit.asp. Medical center quality and efficiency (SAIL) and mental health data available at (http://www.hospitalcompare.va.gov/) www.hospitalcompare.va.gov.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com) Military Advantage blog.


VA Guidance on Same-Sex Vet Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued guidance to same-sex married couples on the benefits and services to which they are entitled under current laws and regulations. Federal law requires VA to look to the place of residency rather than the place of celebration to determine whether a veteran's marriage is recognized for the purposes of VA benefits. VA has worked with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop guidance to process claims and applications for same-sex married couples while still following the statutory requirement to look to the place of residency. VA is now processing all claims and applications involving same-sex marriages that were previously being held by the program offices. For more information, visit the VA Important Information on Marriage webpage at (http://www.va.gov/opa/marriage/) www.va.gov/opa/marriage/ or telephone one of the VA Call Centers at 1-800-827-1000.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com) Military Advantage blog.


Celebrating July 4 with Discounts and More
On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event. For more on July 4, including an event schedule and updates on discounts for military families, visit the (http://www.military.com/independence-day) Military.com July 4th page.


VA Addresses Whistle Blowing
Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson has released a statement following the Office of Special Counsel's letter to the President regarding VA whistleblowers. Acting Secretary Gibson sent a message to all VA employees on June 13, 2014 regarding the importance of whistleblower protection and has met with employees at VA Medical Centers across the country to reemphasize that message. Acting Secretary Gibson's statement is available on the (http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2564) VA website. The letter from the Office of Special Council to the President is available (http://www.osc.gov/FY2014/14-15%20DI-12 ... sident.pdf) online and a related press release from the Office of Special Council (OSC) is available on the OSC (http://www.osc.gov/documents/press/2014/pr14_11.pdf) website. Also, read the additional (http://www.osc.gov/documents/press/2014/pr14_10.pdf) press release on the Office of Special Council website and visit the VA Whistleblower Protection Program website at (http://www.va.gov/oig/hotline/whistlebl ... ection.asp) www.va.gov/oig/hotline/whistleblower-protection.asp.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com) Military Advantage blog.


Tired of Renting? Use Your VA Loan with $0 Down
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Navy Offers Prior Service Enlistment
The Navy Veteran/Other Service Veteran (NAVET/OSVET) program at Recruit Training Command (RTC) consists of prior U.S. Navy Sailors who were honorably or medically discharged from the Navy and former members of branches of the military who voluntarily decided to reenter the armed forces as Sailors. The majority of Sailors in the program were either involuntarily separated due to perform-to-serve (PTS), a medical condition, or they realized that getting out after their initial commitment was not helping them reach their goals. Other Services Veteran (OSVET) candidates must pass the same evolutions a typical recruit at boot camp would finish over a span of eight weeks such as ship handling, live-fire, swim qualifications, and firefighting. Prior service members who are interested in the NAVET/OSVET program should visit the U.S. Navy website at (http://www.navy.com) www.navy.com to find a local recruiter.
For more on enlistment bonuses and joining the military, visit (http://www.military.com/join-armed-forces) Military.com's Joining the Military section.


SGLI Rates Increase
The service members Group Life Insurance program is scheduled to increase monthly premium rates. service members with the maximum 400,000 dollars of life insurance will see an increase of two dollars, while lower coverages will have smaller increases. Marines are able to see the increase by accessing their Leave and Earnings Statement through (https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx) MyPay. Service members with Traumatic service members Group Life Insurance will continue to pay one dollar per month. For more information, visit the (http://benefits.va.gov/insurance/sgli.asp) service members Group Life Insurance webpage. For more on other life insurance options for military families, visit the (http://www.military.com/insurance/) Military.com Insurance section.


VA Replacing Medical Scheduling System
The Department of Veteran Affairs has announced it is continuing the process to replace its medical appointment scheduling system through an acquisition process. VA recently met with technology vendors, which provide should VA with a better understanding of what needs to be included in the upcoming scheduling system solicitation. VA's scheduling technical requirements are complex and require clear, well-articulated communication to ensure comprehensive understanding by industry and potential vendors.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com) Military Advantage blog.


Disturbing Results from PTSD/TBI Survey
The American Legion recently conducted a survey of veterans dealing with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. Two disturbing numbers stand out in the survey; 1) 59 percent of the more than 3,100 respondents reported either feeling no improvement or worse after undergoing TBI and PTSD treatment and 2) 30 percent said they had terminated their treatment plan before completion. As a result of the findings, it has been recommended that, in order to establish a knowledge base on the care of veterans with PTSD and TBI, a multi-step program of research is needed over a period of years. For more information, see (http://www.military.com/benefits/2014/0 ... -care.html) this article.
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